California Lawmakers Lose State Cars But they'll still get a $300 monthly allowance By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 14, 2011 5:32 PM CDT 15 comments Comments Used cars sit at a dealership in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Newser) – State lawmakers in California are losing a sweet perk: They'll no longer get to drive cars provided almost entirely at taxpayer expense, with gas and maintenance costs covered. A state panel today stripped lawmakers of the privilege, reports the Los Angeles Times. Instead, they'll drive their own cars and get a $300 monthly allowance for transportation. The move is expected to save the state $2.3 million over five years, which is admittedly a baby step toward getting the $15 billion budget deficit under control. "We're broke,'' said a member of the California Citizens Compensation Commission. "You have to cut money somewhere.''